The Architecture Puzzler
Created by Dave Guadagni
Architecture Puzzler #561
The slopes of Egyptian pyramids mimic the slopes of mountains in that the main force acting on both is the "dead load" of their own weight. What is the angle of the typical sloping face of the pyramids? Care to guess how much the pyramid at Giza weighs?
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Architecture Puzzler #560
Identify the source of the following quote. "If a builder has built a house... and the house he built has fallen and caused the death of the owner, that builder shall be put to death."
A. Passage 704, codex Texahochacaun (980 AD, Mayan)
B. Section 229, the Code of Hammurabi (1800 BCE, Babylonian)
C. Edicts of Amon at Karnak (1085 BCE, Egyptian)
D. Proposed Amendment for the Uniform Building Code (2001 AD, American)
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Dave Guadagni, AIA, is an architect with Robertson/Sherwood/Architects
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The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt, also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or Pyramid of Cheops.
Photo: Howard Davis/ Artifice Images
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